International nuclear news roundup

Nuclear power is so terribly safe

AUSTRALIA: Politics. Pro uranium policy in the Draft ALP Conference Platform. Federal parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Treaties deliberating on uranium sales to India.    Senator Leyonhjelm & Senator Day - nuclear power is fine: wind power is the danger! Senator Bob Day wants nuclear submarines built in South Australia Revealed - America's long term push to make Australia accept nuclear waste. White man's greed for uranium mining behind closure of remote Aboriginal settlements? Aboriginal cultural heritage depends on remaining on homelands. Australia's nuclear lobby keen to "educate" schoolchildren South Australia. Agricultural scientist warns that South Australia's agriculture will be endangered by nuclear fuel chain developments. Aboriginal concerns over South Australia's plans to store nuclear wastes.

South Australia Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission.

Renewable Energy  Labor, Coalition agree on new renewable energy target.  Australia leads the world in percentage of homes with solar power. BHP funded think tank Grattan Institute unfairly critical of solar energy. Australians overwhelmingly prefer solar energy - survey results.  Solar trams for Melbourne. Small scale solar power from Australian company transforms slum life in India. Australian breakthrough solar technology built in Cyprus in five weeks. Tasmania keen to fast track electric vehicles - and become 100% renewable energy powered

Climate change. Australia's public sector now losing its climate change experts. Tony Abbott likes the Bjorn Lomborg recipe for inaction on Climate Change.   Bjorn Lomborg remains confident about his climate action delaying centre. Labor Party firmly supporting price on carbon

Environment. Environmental powers handed to the States - will mean falling standards.  Federal and Western Australian govts' systematic attack on environmental critics.


The very big gender gap - women don't like nuclear power.

Cut-throat competition between global nuclear companies to export reactors.

WEAPONS AND WAR. Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference flounders over Middle East nuclear concerns .  Catholic Church wants nuclear disarmament, not deterrence.

No Signs of Russian Nuclear Weapons Deployment – NATO Commander.

North Korea claims that it can make mini nuclear weapons.

USA. USA government effectively stymied Nuclear Nonproliferation Conference.  Immediate release ordered for Sister Megan Rice and her compatriots. High cancer rates in thorium and uranium contaminated sites in Missouri.

Heightened danger of war from appearance of American warships in South China Sea.

JAPAN . Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority gives approval for restart of Sendai reactors. Japan's spent fuel problem will escalate, casting doubt on nuclear restart plans. Unable to get volunteer locations, Japan will now impose nuclear waste sites. Tokyo hit by 5.6y mag earthquake.  Abe government trampling on press freedoms - concern grows in Japan.  Japan raises the 'acceptable' radiation level for nuclear emergency workers. Japan's Government and TEPCO sued by Ex-Futaba mayor, over Fukushima nuclear disaster.


FRANCE. Gloomy financial situation for AREVA in so many ways. Safety problems may mean the end for AREVA's EPR nuclear reactor.

GERMANY.German nuclear utilities don't have enough money for decomissioning reactors.

FINLAND    pulls out of building Olkiluoto 4 nuclear reactor.

SWEDEN Investors flee Nordic nuclear company Vattenfall.

UK. Nuclear power link to breast cancer. UK's hunt for Trident nuclear system whistleblower. Britain outsources guarding of its nuclear facilities to private company.

CANADA. Potassium iodate pills for Canadian communities near nuclear facilities. First Nations land would host Ontario nuclear waste, but First Nations don't get a say.

CHINA Chinese scientist warns on dubious safety of China's nuclear power programme.

NEW ZEALAND. Distrust in New Zealand about Commission to study effects of Pacific nuclear bombing.

SOUTH AFRICA's nuclear company Eskom runs out of money for assessing environmental impact of nuclear energy. Govt is hiding the true costs of nuclear power.

Uranium .Continued down ward trajectory of the global uranium market. A year of losses for Namibia' Rossing uranium mine. Trying to cut costs, TEPCO to sell uranium stockpile.

Trans Pacific Partnership. Corporate control of government, and the Internet are the goals - Julian Assange.

Climate Change. Big energy firms get privileged access to top EU climate officals. Tipping point for some Antarctic glaciers reached in 2009.


Christina Macpherson
Antinuclear Australia